3 ECTS credits
90 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 6001617FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.
The course starts from the emerging global consensus, since the end of the cold war, that existing and emerging international law and global governance structures can and should be used to steer the globalisation process towards the achievement of the economic, social and environmental objectives inherent in the concept sustainable development. A brief introductory part will discuss basic concepts (globalisation, global governance, emerging consensus on sustainable development) as well as preconditions for sustainable development (peace and security; respect for the rule of law and human rights; participatory decision-making).
Subsequently, the course will address the question how relevant international law and organisations deal with:
• the main economic concerns of globalisation (Millennium Goals and the need for poverty eradication, provision of basic needs, and economic development, assessment of IMF/World Bank policies and the Washingtonian consensus, assessment of the WTO body of trade law and the Doha Development Round, question of international investment and technology flows and the role of UNCTAD and of guidelines for TNC);
• the main social concerns of globalisation (1995 Copenhagen World Summit, employment and labour standards and the ILO's decent work strategy, public health and the WHO, humanitarian relief to refugees and asylum and UNHCR/Red Cross, education and information society and ITU/WSIS);
• the environmental concerns of globalisation (increasing awareness from 1972 Stockholm via 1992 Rio, 2002 Johannesburg and 2012 Rio to increased effectiveness of multilateral environmental agreements in particular those on Climate Change and Biodiversity; role of the Commission on sustainable development and UNEP,).
Towards the end, the course will seek to draw a number of overall conclusions on the effectiveness of existing global governance structures and to formulate concrete recommendations.
Brief description of the objectives, content of the Master Programme component and interpretation of educational forms:
The course aims at providing students with sufficient knowledge and insight in the main economic, social and environmental challenges arising from globalisation and in the key international governance strutures dealing with these challenges. Students are expected to be able at the end of the course to independently evaluate the question whether existing international governance structures are capable of effectively responding to globalisation challenges. They must be able to work together in a small team on a coherent joint analysis of a globalisation challenge showing capacity to independently analyse and evalute challenges and responses and to formulate solutions that are workable in an international context. Topics must be chosen among those commonly dealt with by international practitioners in the private sector (civil society) and in the public sector (government officials dealing with international organisations).
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
LEC Paper determines 100% of the final mark.
Within the LEC Paper category, the following assignments need to be completed:
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Laws in International and European Law: Standaard traject